At the Internet Archive, we believe passionately that access to
knowledge is a fundamental human right. Knowledge makes us stronger and
more resilient; it provides pathways to education and the means to
secure a job. But for many learners, distance, time, cost or disability
pose daunting barriers to the information in physical books. By
digitizing books, we unlock them for communities with limited or no
access, creating a lifeline to trusted information.
The Internet Archive’s Open Libraries project will bring four million
books online, through purchase or digitization, while honoring the
rights of creators and expanding their online reach. Working with US
libraries and organizations serving people with print disabilities, Open
Libraries can build the online equivalent of a great, modern public
library, providing millions of free digital books to billions of people.